Singles in the Workplace

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Are single people treated unfairly in the workplace? Here are some of my writings on this topic and other issues related to single people and their work and careers.

 SINGLISM IN THE WORKPLACE

 Single workers aren’t there to pick up the slack for their married bosses and colleagues

 Best story I’ve ever read on singlism in the workplace

 The many ways singles are treated unfairly at work

 When getting to work from home is someone else’s judgment call, will singles be disadvantaged?

 Singles have fewer benefits than married couples — but are slowly gaining more

 Why it is unfair to expect single people to cover for everyone else at work

 Married workers heading out early and singles staying late

 Some bosses think it is fine to pay single people less than their married coworkers

How single women get devalued in the workplace because they are single women (by Joan DelFattore)

 Married mother has different view of singlism, matrimania

 Creating a singles-friendly workplace: How would you do it?

 Enlighten your workplace: From speaking out to buying an office kid

 Do co-workers and bosses expect you, single person, to cover for everyone else over the holidays?

 OTHER WORK-RELEVANT TOPICS

 Sabbaticals for singles?

 Changing Careers: Is It Different for Singles?

 Making it on your own: Are these successful entrepreneurs single at heart?

 Not just money: Why older singles want to keep working

 Singles value meaningful work – and did so even in high school

 

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Singlism: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Stop It

 

How Singles Are Celebrated and Stereotyped and Shamed

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Single people are routinely stereotyped, stigmatized, and ignored, as I highlighted in the subtitle of my book, Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After. They are also shamed. Here are some examples of that. Happily, as the number of single people grows and as more people spend more years of their lives not married, single people are sometimes celebrated, too. This collection also includes examples of ways in which single people are celebrated.

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Singles Advocacy and the Issue of Privilege

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Single people have yet to have their moment as a political force. That’s unfortunate, as there are so many ways that they are denied the benefits and protections accorded to people who are married. Here are links to discussions of advocacy, activism, and issues facing singles; the legal and financial costs of single life; politics and voting; matters of privilege; and more.

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What We Really Know About Single Life

Marriage_vs._Single__Cover_for_Kindle, 2-28-15The_Science_of_Marri_Cover_for_Kindle, 2-28-15This page started out as a collection of critiques of studies of married vs. single people. I have now expanded it to include collections of writings on all sorts of topics about single life. Scroll down to see them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every time I learn about a new claim that getting married makes people happier or healthier or more connected or live longer (and all the rest), I go to the original research report to see what the findings really did say. The media — and sadly, many social scientists — routinely get it wrong. No, getting married does not cause  you to become lastingly happier or healthier or better off in any way than if you stayed single (well, you do get more money because of all the laws and practices that benefit married people and discriminate against singles).

Here (below), you can find links to all my critiques of these studies. I’ll keep adding more as new claims hit the media that I need to debunk. I’ve also put together 2 books of my writings explaining why all those Marriage Wins claims are so wrong. Marriage vs. Single Life: How Science and the Media Got It So Wrong includes a chapter previously available only in an expensive edited volume, a new paper that is the most powerful and comprehensive explanation of what the research does and does not show about the implications of getting married, plus 39 other brief chapters (many from my blogs). Because I think that new powerful and comprehensive paper is so important, I have made it into a stand-alone book (together with an introduction) in The Science of Marriage: What We Know That Just Isn’t So. (Both are available both as paperbacks and as ebooks. You can read more about them here.) My first book, Singled Out, also includes discussions and explanations of what’s wrong with the claims of married people’s superiority.

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Check Your Marital Privilege

checklist[This article is co-authored – in alphabetical order – by Lisa Arnold, Rachel Buddeberg, Christina Campbell, and Bella DePaulo. We are cross-posting it on all of our blogs.]

“White privilege” and “male privilege” are familiar concepts in our cultural conversations. There is, however, another vast swath of unearned privileges that have gone largely unrecognized, even though they unfairly advantage about half of the adult population in the United States. We’re talking about marital privileges. People who marry enjoy social, cultural, economic, and political advantages that single people do not, simply because they are married.

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